Beth Ford was born in Jackson, Mississippi and was raised early on in the McColgan Hotel in McComb, Mississippi. Beth (Ella Beth McAdams) graduated with the class of ’48 from Central High School in Jackson, Mississippi. She also attended the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida as a teen. After several terms there, she attended the University of Mississippi where she was a freshman cheerleader for the Ole Miss Rebels. While there she met and married her husband of 65 years. After living in Jackson until the mid ‘50s, Central Florida became their home where they raised their three children.
She holds a BA in Fine Arts and an MA in Art Education from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida and is an award –winning artist in drawing, painting, and intaglio printmaking at State, Regional, and National competitions. Her work is in several Florida Museums and many public and private collections throughout the South. Beth is also a well-known art educator for over fifty years and is a Professor emeritus of Art at Florida Southern college in Lakeland where she still teaches a course in Printmaking. She is now a member of a Lakeland Writers group and Florida Writers Association. “Room 4” is her first book which contains over 50 colored pencil illustrations.